Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?

Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?

My beekeeping has been greatly impacted by the virus soup that took out all my hives this last season. As a consequence, I’ve lately given viruses a bad rap, not discounting the virus versus virus stuff Randy Oliver writes about. But there’s another side to the virus story. As it unfolds, I feel like my brain is a block of wood. It’s just that far […]

Mark Cole’s Fluorescent Photo Database

Mark Cole’s Fluorescent Photo Database

Mark Cole runs Minershop.com. where he sells an excellent array of world wide fluorescent minerals. And he runs an annual fluorescent mineral collecting trip to Greenland. As a side note, It’s been my dream to go there. But I’ve had to settle for using the silver pick on Mark’s Ebay auctions. He’s a great guy to deal with. Through the years, Mark has sold tons […]

Eric Mussen’s Apiculture Newsletter

Eric Mussen’s Apiculture Newsletter

Eric Mussen is a professor at UC Davis. He’s located in a hotspot for bee research and commercial beekeeping activity. He  writes: “When we started using the antibiotic, we did not know that Nosema was a fungus. We knew that fumagillin was being tested as an anticancer chemical. but, we didn’t hear that fumagillin wipes out mammalian immune systems…” “We are finding synergisms between fungicides […]

Cell Entombment

Cell Entombment

Here’s something that may catch your eye taken from this article in the Guardian: “But the bees’ last ditch efforts to save themselves appear to be unsuccessful – the entombing behaviour is found in many hives that subsequently die off, according to Pettis. “The presence of entombing is the biggest single predictor of colony loss. It’s a defence mechanism that has failed.” These colonies were […]

KirkWebster.com

KirkWebster.com

Never thought I’d see it happen, but Kirk Webster has put up a web site at www.kirkwebster.com. It’s a repository for all his writing since 2005. And it will be the original source for any of his new observations. Anything that Kirk writes is well worth reading. And now it’s easier than ever. No need to hunt for those fading, tattered, bee mag articles. 🙂 […]

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